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Dental Hygiene Capstone

Choosing the Type of Source

Before beginning a project you will sometimes need to figure out what kind of source will provide the kind of information you need to answer your research question. If your professor has not assigned what types of sources to use, consider if you need primary, secondary or a mix of types before starting your search.

Source Type


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  Scholarly Articles
  & Books

 Introduce new knowledge based on  original research or experimentation.

 Many scholarly articles undergo the  peer-review process through which  experts in the field scrutinize articles  before they are published, resulting in  high quality scholarly information.

  How do I know if an article is scholarly?

 Library Catalog

  A-Z List of Databases - Check off "Scholarly (Peer-reviewed) Journals" for scholarly sources.

 Trade Articles

 Specialized publications inform and  update people who work in a  particular industry or occupation about  current trends and events in that  industry or occupation.


  See: Popular, Trade, and Scholarly Resources document below chart.



  & Magazine  Articles

 Provide a range of information that  may entertain, relay current events  information, or present educated  opinions.

 While this information may be helpful  for some assignments, it is not  considered scholarly.  

  Newspaper Resources



 Many professors have suggested  good websites. We’ve listed them on  the subject guides for you to get  started.

 Websites can be created by anyone,  and can change at any time, so be  sure to evaluate any website you use.

  Evaluating Websites: See Credibility of a Website document below chart.


  Streaming Video

 We subscribe to Films on Demand and Kanopy for educational streaming videos.


Films on Demand